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Speeding

If you are currently facing a prosecution for this offence, our expertise could help you. At Libra Solicitors, we are committed to providing our clients with clear, practical advice they can trust.

Most speeding offences are dealt with by way of fixed a penalty notice. However, drivers in some counties may be offered a place on a driver awareness course as an alternative to the fixed penalty notice, if they accept their guilt. It should be noted though, the offer of a place on the course is a discretionary power used by some police constabularies.

When the allegation is that the alleged offender was driving at a speed significantly above the speed limit, it is likely that the alleged offender will be brought before the court. If the alleged offender is found guilty of the offence, the court could impose a driving ban and order the defendant to pay a much bigger fine than that provided for by a fixed penalty notice.

In addition, the court when deciding sentence, may take into account any aggravating features that existed at the time the offence was committed. For example, when the offence has been committed in bad weather. This could mean that the court imposes a more severe sentence than it would have otherwise imposed, had the aggravating feature not been present at the time the offence was committed.

Totting up

It is important to remember that if you are found guilty of this offence and your licence is endorsed with enough points so that you reach the 12 point threshold, the court will have to, because of the ‘totting up’ rule, consider imposing a mandatory 6 month ban. For more about ‘totting up’ and how we could help you keep your licence, please click the link.

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How we can help you

Should your matter proceed to court, your case will be led by barrister or a solicitor-advocate, so you can be sure that it will be expertly prepared and that the representation at court that we provide, will be of the highest quality.

Once we have your instruction, we will thoroughly examine the prosecution case and all the available evidence. It may be that there are defences that can be put forward, or that the prosecution evidence could be challenged.

We will then give you clear, practical advice in respect of the strength of the prosecution case and in respect of plea, mitigation and sentencing. If there are defences that could be put forward, we will advise you accordingly.

If it is necessary to take statements from your witnesses we will do so, and we will assist you in obtaining documentation, such as your medical records, that may be relevant to your case.

If you believe you were not speeding and that there might be a problem with the device that recorded your speed we can arrange for an expert to examine the device. You should note however, that having an expert examine a speed camera can be expensive and it will be your obligation to pay the expert’s costs. Once we have considered the report prepared by the expert, we will advise you further.

For a confidential discussion about the issues that may be concerning you, call us on 01223 632420 and arrange an appointment.

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